Green Lantern #100
DC Comics (July, 1998)
“In Brightest Days Past”
WRITER: Ron Marz
PENCILER: Darryl Banks
INKER: Terry Austin
COLORIST: Rob Schwager (I had to get that from comics.org because the way the page is put in the comic the coloring credits are covered up…I don’t even know who did the separations)
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Dana Kurtin
EDITOR: Kevin Dooley
In previous issues Kyle ended up in the period of the Legion Of Super-Heroes. Brainiac-5 sent him back to “when there are supposed to be Green Lanterns” but possibly due to their incomplete historical records Kyle ends up in the days of a rookie Hal and a still alive Green Lantern Corp. There he joins them in stopping Sinestro from destroying Oa and the Guardians, using the advantage of his ring’s lack of yellow impurity and some clever tricks on Hal’s part, to defeat his yellow ring. But when the Guardians send Kyle home Sinestro manages to make sure Hal joins him.
What they got right: For the 100th issue of this incarnation of the title it makes sense to do a story where Kyle ends up working with the Corp and especially with Hal, allegedly the best Green Lantern ever. (I could point to stories that questions that, but that’s another article.) And Hal does come up with some good plans considering this was back in his rookie year.
What they got wrong: I’m not sure sending Hal into the future to learn about Parallax is going to end well one way or another. Also, Kyle is shown up by Hal more than once in this story. Outside of a ring that can affect yellow, which Hal himself uses at one point, Kyle doesn’t add much to the adventure. This is a very pro-Hal Jordan story from the guy writing about Kyle Rayner.
Recommendation: Overall a good story worth picking up but I don’t know how time-displaced Hal’s tale comes out.